Cornwall Bereavement Network began at an initial meeting of bereavement services at Penhaligon’s Friends, a charity to support bereaved children and their families. From the outset, it was well-attended by many professionals who either provide support or services to those bereaved.
It became clear that there was a requirement, across Cornwall, for a central resource where professionals could cross-refer and learn more about the bereavement services available in the region.
NHS professionals, emergency services, hospices, funeral directors, and coroners are often amongst the first points of contact for those recently bereaved. For them, being able to direct the local community to support services means that those who have lost a loved one can source the help they need at a time when they are most vulnerable.
You are not alone. There is assistance out there – you just need to know where to find it.